Lantana Boy Scouts Troop 99

Lantana Boy Scouts Troop 99

Lantana Boy Scouts Troop 99

by Steve Gamel

If you’ve never been a part of a Boy Scout troop and wondered what they keep themselves busy with year-round, it’s a question worth asking. We know, because we asked one local troop – and their answer was inspiring, to say the least.

Say hello to Lantana’s own, Boy Scout Troop 99. Chartered in 2010 under the charter organization, Lantana Cares, the troop is made up of 69 scouts, including 30 Eagle Scouts, and 47 registered adults, and their upcoming schedule of community activities, events, and volunteer work is nothing short of a bottomless pit of character-building opportunities.

“I guess the real point is they are invested in their community,” scoutmaster Nick DiSibio said. “They do a lot of community service that a lot of people didn’t know they did.”

So what are some of those community service events? In honor of Earth Day last month, the troop spent several hours on April 27 picking up trash in the Lantana neighborhoods and several of the nearby waterways. They also helped play an active role unloading vehicles for residents who were looking to get rid of stuff like old electronics, paint, batteries, etc.

For Memorial Day, they are planning a trip to the DFW National Cemetery to place flags on the graves of fallen veterans, and in July, they’ll take part in a July 4 parade and help run bounce houses in Double Oak. And if that’s not a busy enough schedule, they will be at the Highland Village Balloon Fest in August and the Air Show at Alliance Airport in October.

This schedule does not include the litany of camping trips and other opportunities to earn merit badges. The Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1910 and is for kids ages 11 to 18. Their goal is to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance through participation in outdoor activities and educational programs.

“It’s their obligation to community service and doing a good turn each day,” DiSibio said. “By doing these things, in addition to doing fun scout stuff each month, is helping the boys build character and become responsible young citizens who will hopefully become good practicing citizens in our country when they get older.”

DiSibio added, “The boys love it. They really grow, and when they come back from all these additional summer camps, they come back a totally different kid. They get to learn about themselves, responsibility, and choices.”

For more information on Troop 99, visit scouttroop99.com or email
contact@scouttroop99.com or scoutmaster@scouttroop99.com.


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